Commissioned by Britain’s Continental Tyres, a new study has revealed that cars are probably more dangerous than bathroom or toilet floors.
Only one in five people cleaned their vehicle about once a year, the research found. Around 60 percent of the people interviewed didn’t have any idea that cars could pose a health risk.
“Most people wouldn’t dream of using their home as a dumping ground for rubbish as they do with their car… With real safety implications, it is important car owners perform simple and regular maintenance on the inside, [minimizing] the risks posed by both bacteria and clutter in the cabin,” stated Mark Griffiths, a Continental Tyres’ safety expert.
However, it’s not just car seats. Following is a list of six everyday things that are dirtier than your toilet bowls.
The Kitchen Sponge:
The very sponge that cleans your dishes and bathroom sink, is apparently 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
A 2012 study found there are around 10 million bacteria per square inch in a kitchen sponge and 1 million per square inch on a dishcloth.
In 2011, researchers took swabs from various ATMs and public toilets around the U.K. and compared the samples under a microscope.
They found that bacteria that can cause diarrhea and other sicknesses were found not only on the toilets, but also on the ATMs — and in nearly equal amounts.
The average barbecue grill contains 1.7 million microbes per square centimeter—124 percent more than a toilet seat, claims a May 2013 British study.
“When you brush marinade on raw meat, you contaminate the brush, the marinade, and anywhere you might touch—far exceeding anything that might be residual on the grill,” explained Dr. Francis Busta, Ph.D., of the National Center for Food Prevention and Defense at the University of Minnesota.
Smartphones and Tablets:
A September 2013 research found that the screens of devices, including the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets as well as smartphones, contain a considerable amount of bacteria.
“It’s shocking that a smartphone or tablet can harbour more germs than a toilet seat,” said Richard Headland – editor of WHICH magazine. “Gadgets should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly to avoid germs that could lead to illness.”